This was a shower gift for a very special bride-to-be. She was my neighbor growing up and the BFF of my sister, Alpine Auntie. The little girl with the most perfect bowl-cut and adorable dresses from suburban Massachusetts grew up to be quite the sophisticated New Yorker who found the perfect guy. The first time that this bride-to-be brought her man to our hometown to attend a farewell party for Architect Uncle and Teacher Auntie, Redhead Auntie and I treated him (and a crowd of say, 50 people) to a skit/reenactment of his future wife’s high school prom experience. Any excuse to make a girl blush…and to embarrass yourself in front of a large group of people. Our skit concluded with a dance routine set to a Rihanna tune. Yes. I know. Very classy.
I enlisted a very helpful committee of bridesmaids to help me come up with nicknames to make napkin rings for everyone in the wedding party. After a few email exchanges, we settled on: the mr, the mrs, wino, hippie, rasta, fashionista, punk, artist, biker, raconteur, rock star, chatterbox, wanderer, chef, shopaholic, kerald, and frequent flyer. I am grateful to have had the help of these creative women. (THANKS GIRLS!) My original choices were not nearly as interesting, and certainly did not capture the personalities of the members of this boisterous group of friends.
The napkins are a linen fabric and the rings are made out of a heavier drapery fabric. Slap bracelets give the napkin rings their shape. Basically, I made little slap bracelet coverslips and stamped on the nicknames using fabric markers and rubber stamps. I thought I was pretty clever when I came up with the slap bracelet idea. The best part of the project was being in touch with the bridesmaids and picturing the bride-to-be and her groom serving dinner in their home to all their closest friends. Congrats you two. We can’t wait for the wedding!